Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Conservative ideology gets in the way of common sense, risks lives...

Yet again, we are reminded why we have the wrong government in Ottawa. This policy position, re-articulated by Health Minister Tony Clement at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City yesterday, would make the spread of HIV/AIDS more likely among Vancouver's heroin-addicted population.

Insite's methods may be controversial, but this is still certainly about harm reduction, not 'harm addition.' If Clement and other Tories would think clearly and take off their ideological blinders for a second, they'd realize how dumb that latter phrase, 'harm addition', truly is.

3 comments:

Antonio said...

Personally I like the term "harm addition".

I cant think of a better way to describe Tony Clement, Jim Flaherty, and John Baird's contribution to the province of Ontario and now to their country.

wilson said...

Is the sole purpose of Insite to reduce the contraction and spreading of Aids?
If so, there's equally as good ways to help limit the harm, without the Government of Canada being a participant in addicts injecting illegal drugs into their veins.

I'm perplexed why Liberals have not followed thru with their ideology of 'addressing the root causes' by offering alternatives and education etc, (ex:youth criminals) and choose instead to support the continuation of the problem.
I would think the goal would be to help addicts get off the stuff, not aid in their continued use of drugs.

Matt Guerin said...

I guess the issue here is that heroin addicts will shoot up regardless. That is a separate problem from the public health problem of sitting by while such users inadvertently spread HIV. Insite is set up to help prevent that spread of HIV, as well it offers its clients easy access to anti-addiction programs, the people who run it consider it as part of a continuum of care for people with addictions and getting them off those addictions. So it doesn't "aid in their continued use of drugs" as you put it, wilson. It's a service that helps people recover from their addictions in a safe environment.